If you’ve been wise enough to pick up a copy of the new May issue of Ideal Home, you might have spotted the gorgeous bespoke wall art we commissioned British screen-printers Jane Tobitt and David Wardle at Bold & Noble to produce for our front cover:

These bespoke prints were made for our ‘Quiet Revolution’ issue (it’s in the shops now, hint hint!) – a celebration of British design, packed full of beautiful buys and fabulous decorating schemes.

They’re from a beautiful blue ‘back to basics’ shoot our stylists did – think lovely linens, retro wooden furniture and hand-thrown pottery. Doesn’t the white blossom look stunning against the inky blue walls? In fact, it’s so nice I might actually have to paint a room in my own house this colour – it’s Bamiyan Blue, from Fired Earth. SIGH. – Ellie

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NEW Aardvark print

December 21, 2010

I was flicking through the very beautiful Lost in London the other day (order your copy asap – it’s already sold out in Selfridges!) and stumbled upon this exclusive letterpress print from Aardvark (the manifesto people) inside the front cover – featuring a quote from London, The Biography by Peter Ackroyd. Naturally, I cut it out, scanned it in to show you, then framed it in a flash. Check it out:

Isn’t it cool? Let’s have a look at the Pedlars manifesto, the V&A manifesto and Aarvark‘s other prints, too. Because it’s Christmas. By the way, congratulations to BETH CASTLE who won the fabulous We Make London giveaway prize draw. Happy Christmas, Beth! – Ellie


Font freaks: look away now

October 20, 2010

I don’t want to tempt you, but…

To celebrate the launch of Simon Garfield’s new typography book, Just My Type, six type designers (including Margaret Calvert, who developed the ‘Transport’ font used on all UK road signage) have designed limited-edition prints around the Just My Type theme. You can buy them online at our old favourite, The Literary Gift Company, or at Foyles Charing Cross, where you can see them in the upcoming typography exhibition, 27 October until 19 November. – Ellie

When Bold & Noble released the British Isles Type Map print last year (in delicate duck egg blue and sexy slate grey), there were whoops of joy in the Ideal Home office. Three of us placed an order the very same day – and my slate grey map (propped up on the mantelpiece in a Habitat Bacall frame) makes me so happy! If you liked the UK map, you’ll love this: Bold & Noble has introduced a few new designs; typographical maps of Australia and New Zealand went online today and maps of London and America are due to appear shortly…

Beware, friends. A few ‘strangely-similar’ prints (of France and Italy) have appeared on another website recently, but I’ve checked and they’re not produced by Bold & Noble – (and the fonts on them aren’t nearly so nice either, in my opinion!) Here’s a sneaky peek at the America and London maps which are about to be released. I bet the London one is massively popular here! Can’t wait to get my hands on one. Find out more on the Bold & Noble blog– Ellie